Summer energy saving tips
Summer is the best time to save energy. Unfortunately, many households use only a few of the options offered by the warm season.
Great energy-saving potential in the summer
It's warm outside, heating and clothes dryers will not be needed for the next few months. Nevertheless, the devices are ready for immediate operation. This thoughtlessness is neither climate-friendly nor economical. The so-called no-load losses are avoidable without the least loss of comfort.
Further savings result from one's own behavior: proper ventilation and darkening of the apartment, provide for cooler spaces and even help to save energy. There are complex relationships between your own actions and the power consumption of refrigerators. Few are aware of this fact.
Just as a winter check is mandatory for a car, an early summer check of home and apartment should take place.
Saving energy through roller shutters and ventilation
The perfect day routine is easy to practice: as soon as the sun shines on a window, it says: "Close windows and shutters". Incidentally, intelligent solutions automatically close the blinds. So the heat stays outside. When it gets cooler in the evenings, the windows should be opened wide and the shutters raised to the top. If possible, everything should stay that way until the next morning.
Tip: Thin fly screens prevent insects from entering the house. This solution makes more sense than just lowering shutters halfway. The cool night air should get into the house.
Why is that saving energy? Quite simply: All the refrigerators in the house consume more energy in a warm room than in a cool one. Anyone who ensures that the room air does not overheat lowers the power consumption of the fridge and freezer. Of course, one air conditioner will also consume less if it is not too hot.
Heating and hot water supply in summer
Modern heaters often automatically switch to summer operation, but many models have no special summer operation mode. Here is an intervention necessary, which should take over a specialist.
The burner must continue to operate, if he also provides the warm water in the house. It can be completely switched off in systems that heat water via heat pumps or solar thermal systems.
Circulation pumps that pump water through the heating circuit are basically expendable in summer. Pumps, which circulate warm water, so that not first cold water flows out of the hot water tap, make sense in summer. It is only possible to do without intense heat.
Because of the danger from Legionella, the water temperature in storage tanks must never fall below 50 ° C. From time to time even temperatures of 60 degrees are important. With fresh water stations and instantaneous water heaters, it makes sense, however, to lower the temperature of the water in summer. Hot showering or bathing in warm weather is not very popular.
Energy Saving Tip: Using Refrigerators Economically
As already mentioned, the economical use of refrigerators to keep the rooms where they are located is as cool as possible. Even more saves, who prevents thick layers of ice from forming in the devices. By the way, in warm rooms they are much faster than they are cool.
The warmer the air, the more moisture it contains. Each time you open the door of the refrigerator, wet warm air enters. The water contained in it quickly forms a layer of ice. Constantly opening the door to enjoy an ice cream or a cold drink leads to rapid icing.
Defrosting is a delicate matter in the summer, because the frozen and frozen food thaws quickly in the summer temperatures. A large cool box, consisting of moving boxes lined with blankets, helps to protect the food. Defrosting can be accelerated by placing bowls of hot water in the refrigerator. It makes more sense, of course, to buy modern appliances with NoFrost or automatic defrosting.
Of course, more air escapes if the refrigerator only holds almost all air. In summer, it is therefore twice as important to pack the device as fully as possible. In the freezer, bags of water can fill in the gaps. Freezing bread also makes sense. In refrigerators, it may be convenient to store drinks to displace air.
A little trick protects you from rapid re-icing: Drinks come in the morning with cool batteries in a cool box and for ice cream a mini freezer is purchased. So no one has to open the big refrigerator for a cold drink or an ice cream.
Washing and drying in the summer
Few people use the electric clothes dryer in the summer because the laundry dries on the line just as fast and even smells like it pleasantly fresh. Nevertheless, the tumble dryer stays in stand-by mode throughout the summer. Although it consumes little, but continuously, electricity. Dryers have a consumption of 0.6 to 2.2 watts per hour in the mode. In five months, these are two to eight kW.
In addition, you can save if the washing machine does not have the highest spin cycle settings. To dry on a line enough 1,000 turns. This also protects the bearings of the machine and the laundry.
A perfect summer constellation is to operate the washing machine with warm water from the solar system, to limit the spin speed to 1,000 revolutions and to pull the plug of the tumble dryer. Drying on a leash is free of charge.
With brains you can save a lot in the summer
The most important energy saving tip is: Start consciously into the summer instead of simply slipping into it with the winter technology. It pays to walk through the house and turn everything off or adjust it differently, which is not needed in summer.
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